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Brighton & Hove City Council approves "crucial" site

Brighton & Hove City Council has approved an application for what is described as a “crucial” waste transfer facility for the area.

Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has welcomed the decision to allow it to build a Material Recovery Facility, Waste Transfer Station and visitor centre at Hollingdean Lane.

The timing appears to be pertinent, as without this new transfer facility, all refuse collection vehicles would need to travel long distances to landfills out of the county once the local ones are closed by 2008.

An initial application was made in December 2004, but after careful and lengthy consideration of comments made by local people and statutory consultees, a further submission in March 2006 has been accepted.

The revised proposal, approved by the council’s Planning Applications Committee, includes a number of significant amendments to the original.

These include the addition of a covered drive-through for vehicles passing around the back of the main building on the site and a reduced annual throughput of materials handled.

In addition, further assessments have been carried out on matters including transport, air quality and noise impact, which confirm that the development is acceptable in terms of its local effects on the environment and community.

VES managing director Chris Maltbaek said: “This is great news for recycling in Brighton & Hove. This facility is central to assisting the town in minimising landfill by delivering significant increases in recycling and enabling waste and recyclables to be bulked up to minimise traffic. We look forward to taking the development forward as soon as possible.

“However, it is the responsibility of everyone to help reduce waste and increase recycling and reuse. Working with the council, VES is committed to ensuring that the people of Brighton & Hove and east Sussex have first class facilities to enable them to achieve this.”

The site is a former abattoir and was identified in the Waste Local Plan. It also has close links with the adjacent municipal depot where it will assist in reducing Cityclean vehicle trips and greenhouse gas emissions.

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